Inclusive Innovation Seminar: What works? What next?

About the event

ISSP Core members Kelly Bronson, Sandra Schillo, Senior Fellow Jeff Kinder and the Institute on Governance (IOG) hosted a seminar on inclusive innovation.

Innovation is widely recognized to spur economic growth but its negative effects include the propensity to exclude certain groups in innovation-led benefits and to present risks disproportionately. Despite wide recognition of the need to be more inclusive during innovation processes, there is little clarity about what this means in practice. Who are we to include in order to drive equitable gains from innovations? Does inclusive innovation refer to more ethical design or governance of technologies, or both? Does innovation include policy-making and social innovation?

This seminar attempted to build clarity around “inclusive innovation” from the ground-up: by reflecting on what people in positions of decision-making power, both in government and industry, are doing to further the inclusive innovation agenda. This workshop specifically focused on what we might consider the first two levels of inclusive innovation—1) The "who," or, who are the people participating in innovation processes? 2) The “what,” or what types of innovation activities are considered?

Welcome Remarks

Jeff Kinder

Jeff Kinder, Senior Fellow of the ISSP, uOttawa and Executive Director, Institute on Governance





Sandra Schillo

Sandra Schillo
Lead, ISSP Inclusive Innovation Research Cluster and Associate Professor at The Telfer School of Management, uOttawa


Kelly Bronson

Prof. Kelly Bronson, Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and Core Member, ISSP, uOttawa


Julia Hurrelmann, Talent Acquisition Diversity & Inclusion Specialist,  Shopify





Christine Minas, Director in the Results Division at Treasury Board Secretariat 





Miriam Padolsky, Director of Science Policy at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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